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Allahabad HC rejects petition on Yogi Adityanath’s alleged role in 2007 riots

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Adityanath is believed to have delivered hate speeches calling for “revenge” for a dead Hindu man.

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday rejected a petition seeking re-investigation into the alleged role of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in 2007 riots in Gorakhpur. The petitioners had demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the case.

The case dates back to January 27, 2007 when a confrontation between two communities in Gorakhpur resulted in the death of a Hindu man.

Adityanath is believed to have delivered hate speeches calling for “revenge” for the dead man, according to the FIR, which was registered by the police only after the Allahabad High Court’s intervention.

The speeches were allegedly made despite a curfew and the ensuing violence lasted a fortnight, according to the FIR, the reports said.

It took several years before the request to prosecute landed with the Home Department, with arguments over the FIR oscillating between the Supreme Court and the Allahabad High Court.

CB-CID inspector Chandra Bhushan Upadhyaya, who investigated the case, was quoted by The Indian Express as saying that he had completed the investigation and sought sanction to file a chargesheet under IPC 153-A in 2015.

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